KZN flood leaves over 40 dead and many homeless, see damages in Photos


The devastating flood in KwaZulu-Natal has left 45 people dead, some missing and many homeless.

KZN has been declared an emergency place due to the hideous damage the flood caused.

On Tuesday, KwaZulu-Natal head of co-operative governance and traditional affairs Sipho Hlomuka confirmed at least 45 people had died as a result of the heavy rains and flooding that have hit the eThekwini metro municipality over the past four days.

“Our infrastructure teams have been sent out and are working 24 hours to ensure services can be reinstated throughout the city,” Kaunda said, urging residents to leave their houses if they were endangered or vulnerable.

“It is better to leave than to be washed away with the house. We understand it is hard to leave your homes, but the priority is to save people’s lives,” the mayor said.

“The SANDF has been deployed to the disaster because the event is beyond our capacity. Other provinces are providing aid; Cape Town has supplied a helicopter,” Kaunda told journalists.

The eThekwini municipality is opening community halls to accommodate residents affected by the floods, said Mngadi. As of Tuesday, halls in Clermont, New Germany, Waterloo, oThongathi, Amawoti and Marrianridge were open to those affected.

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